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**scientia****Member**- Registered: 2009-11-13
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A new prime number has been discovered this week by GIMPS:

It is now the largest known prime, a whopping 17-million-digit Mersenne prime.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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Hi;

Ooooh that is a big number!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
- Registered: 2011-05-23
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Hi Sophie

Has the discoverer received any prize (cash or other)?

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Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I do believe that they offer a 5000$ prize to the dicsoverer.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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The latex in the OP's post has gone out. I hope that is not a problem with the site.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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I think it is. MIF said that the LaTeX cache is the problem. Maybe we should try asking him to manually delete the broken LaTeX from the cache?

Here lies the reader who will never open this book. He is forever dead.

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
- Registered: 2009-04-12
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I have fixed her latexing problems.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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According to NewScientist, Cooper will recieve $3000.

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